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The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK’s leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

ARCA is the first port of call for anyone seeking an asbestos removal contractor to safely remove asbestos. The Association has over 300 members and are the UK’s leading provider of asbestos removal training courses.

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Hands on experience for Admin Staff

Administrators in asbestos removal companies are a key part of the team that produces plans of work, talks to suppliers and plan on-site resources. Training on business systems such as the purchasing system is one element companies can easily address, but training on what actually happens on a removal site, can be very limited due to on-site work being hazardous and restricted.

After a number of conversations with members, ARCA has stepped into help, as the Association is ideally positioned to solve this problem.

ARCA has produced a one-day training course that will enable administrators to experience what working on-site is really like and some of the issues their colleagues may face, all within a safe and controlled environment.

The course, at £125.00 (+ VAT), will cover a range of elements including; industry terminology, key legislative documents, asbestos licensing, plans of work and onsite documentation.

It will also include some practical hands on tasks, such as; use of RPE, basic enclosure construction and use of air/bag locks, as well as walking through a DCU to understand the decontamination process.

A number of ‘Asbestos Removal for Administrators’ courses are currently programmed at ARCA centres:

  • 10thOctober at Burton
  • 12thOctober at Manchester
  • 13thOctober at Rayleigh
  • 17thOctober at Glasgow

Experience what happens on-site while in a safe environment. For more details or to book on a course call ARCA on 01283 505777

ARCA now issuing CSCS cards for Asbestos Removal Operatives

ARCA is pleased to announce that asbestos removal operatives can now obtain both temporary red cards and blue skilled worker cards from the Association, as it is operating the ARMI Skills Card Scheme under licence from CSCS.

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) set the specification for industry card schemes carrying the CSCS logo, under which the ARMI Skills Card Scheme was approved as a nationally recognised scheme, enabling the use of the CSCS logo. Following this the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) successfully completed an audit, confirming compliance with the CLC requirements.

ARCA is now accepting applications, from employers and individual operatives, for temporary (red) cards and 5-year asbestos removal operative (blue skilled worker) cards. To apply for an ARCA ARMI Skills Card applicants will need to prove they have the training, qualifications and experience required for that particular card.

  • Asbestos Removal Operative (Trained) – red card, valid for 3 years, not renewable
  • Asbestos Removal Operative (Experienced Worker) – red card, valid for 1 year, not renewable
  • Apprentice Asbestos Removal Operative – red card, valid for 3 years, not renewable
  • Asbestos Removal Operative – blue skilled worker card, valid for 5 years, renewable

“I’m delighted, that following a successful compliance audit, we now have all systems in place to accept applications and issue all types of asbestos removal operative CSCS cards, under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA).

“We will continue to work with ARMI, so ARCA can offer cards for other occupations, such as asbestos removal supervisors, when requirements are agreed with the Standard Setting Body (CITB).”

All cards issued by ARCA use smart technology and contain an electronic chip. This can be used to check the identity of the card holder and, for example, when ARCA updates a card holders’ record with ‘successfully completed operative annual refresher’ this will automatically update the chip in the card.

To read more on the ARCA ARMI Skills Card Scheme and to download an application form for an asbestos removal operative card please visit www.arca.org.uk/cscs-cards

ARCA NVQ workshops prove beneficial for members

NVQ workshops prove to be popular with ARCA members across the country.

“It was great to see so many members come along to all the five briefings we held in July,” said Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA. “We held the workshops for members so they could gain key information on what their options are and how best to ensure a fully qualified and competent workforce.”

“Interaction was good with lots of questions asked; How to gain an NVQ?, Which option is best?, What do I have to do? and Do I need an NVQ to gain an operatives’ CSCS card?”

“The feedback I received was extremely positive from the attendees, as they found it very beneficial to be led through the process of how to gain an NVQ and the requirements of assessment evidence.”

ARCA has been contacted by a number of members who missed out on these workshops, so will endeavour to arrange additional workshops. Please call the ARCA training team on 01283 505777 to register interest.

ARCA Staff support Charity Week with three challenges

To support the Association’s charities, most of the ARCA staff will be taking part in three different sport marathon challenges.

The challenge for the ARCA team is to play a sport continuously throughout a working day. So, during the Charity Week the team aim to complete a table tennis marathon, a darts marathon and a bowling marathon.

These challenges may be more challenging for some, as there are a few team members who have never thrown a dart or held a table tennis bat!!

The team’s progress can be followed throughout the week at www.twitter.com/arca_org_uk

The teams’ efforts are to fundraise to support the Association’s charities – Mesothelioma UK, which is a national resource dedicated to supporting people with asbestos cancer, and The Indee Rose Trust, which helps children, and their families, who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour.

You can support the ARCA team by donating at www.justgiving.com/teams/arcacharityweek2017

ARCA News magazine Summer 2017 available online

This 60 page issue includes news on the ARCA in-house audit team, CSCS cards, as well as guidance for contractors and end-clients.

Also, find out what ARCA will be speaking about at the Contamination Expo Series and the European Asbestos Forum conference.

Don’t miss reading the latest issue of ARCA News, the journal for the asbestos management industry … available online here.